Science unwraps the reindeer genome for Christmas

Just in time for the holidays, researchers have unraveled some mysteries surrounding the season’s most iconic animal: the reindeer.

Though they say their work is “unlikely to reveal why Santa’s reindeer can fly,” researchers have finished sequencing the genome of the reindeer, the world’s only domesticated deer. Flying aside, what the information can do is […]

FDA’s GenomeTrakr supports food safety around the globe

There’s Twitter. Uber. Venmo. Facebook. The World Wide Web has brought us no shortage of apps, websites and networks with trendy names and useful functions. For the food industry, now there’s GenomeTrakr.

GenomeTrakr is a network of more than 60 laboratories across the world working in conjunction with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). […]

Neogen acquires Australian animal genomics laboratory

Neogen announced today that it has acquired the assets of The University of Queensland Animal Genetics Laboratory (AGL) — the leading animal genomics laboratory in Australia, a country with large cattle and sheep markets.

The acquisition of AGL is intended to help accelerate the growth of Neogen’s animal genomics business in Australia, New Zealand and […]

The heat-resistant ‘cow of the future’

Photo by Raluca Mateescu

Time for some cow math. Angus + Brahman = Brangus.

Angus cattle, originally from Scotland, are one of the most popular breeds for beef in the world. With black or red coloring and natural lack of horns, the breed is used for crossbreeding to introduce positive traits in cows. Angus […]

Is parenting style the result of nature or nurture?

They say becoming a parent changes everything — and now science shows that it may even change the way your brain works.

Researchers at the University of Georgia have published a study showing that when a living being becomes a parent, there are changes in parts of the brain that deal with mating, feeding, aggression […]

Whole genome sequencing provides insight on the future of food safety

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Food production industries continue to make improvements in pathogen reduction and improving public health. One of the ways in which this is accomplished is through improvements in food safety diagnostics.

Next generation sequencing and genomics provides processors with previously unavailable information on strains, sources, and identity of particular pathogens or spoilage issues. Next […]

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Leafy Greens Added to CDC’s Foodborne Illness Questionnaire – Food Safety Magazine After a Listeria outbreak involving bagged salads, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is now including leafy […]

How and when to collect DNA samples to produce the best genomic test results

As the use of genomics has entered mainstream dairy production, lots of attention has been focused on the science, technology, predictability and economics of genomic testing.

But all the benefits the latest advancements in high-tech dairy genomics have to offer to dairymen rely entirely on a critical, and decidedly low-tech, first step: the collection of […]

Genomic study looks to improve feed efficiency in dairy cattle

With an average adult dairy cow weighing in at about 1,500 pounds, it’s no surprise it takes a lot of feed to keep them at a healthy weight. In Michigan alone, the home to about 400,000 dairy cows, it’s estimated to cost about $5 per day per cow to keep herds well-nourished and producing enough […]

Researchers awarded $6.5M to advance plant disease resistance with genomics

A national team of 20 scientists led by Michigan State University (MSU) has been awarded a $6.5 million grant from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to accelerate the development of disease-resistant cucurbit crops through leveraging applied genomics.

According to a recent article, the Cucurbitaceae family includes a number of high-value crop plants such […]